Our first edition of 2022 focuses on Healthcare and Life Sciences. It is a sector that will once again have the spotlight on it this year as we continue to tackle COVID-19 and its subsequent variants. While the pandemic continues to challenge the sector, governments across the region forge ahead with their plans to expand and upgrade healthcare systems and develop robust world-class healthcare infrastructure.
For the region, healthcare is a vital pillar in diversifying its economies, both locally and as medical tourism hubs. To underpin this, healthcare authorities across the region continue to implement frameworks and regulations that provide structure and accountability.
In this edition, you have unique access to great insights and expert commentary on a number of pertinent healthcare regulatory developments. You will find a topical mix of articles; for example, our lawyers discuss vaccines and returning to work during the pandemic. They take you through several other areas, including stem cell research in Bahrain, clinical research laws in Egypt, and Saudi medical device and pharmaceutical laws.Take a read of the edition
On 08 April 2021 the Federal Maritime Authority of United Arab Emirates (FMA) issued ‘Circular No. (04) Of 2021’ notifying ship owners, Manager, operators, UAE port authority, Classification societies, shipping Agents in the UAE and IG of P&I that effective from 23rd of June 2021 , all UAE flagged ships including oil tankers over 1,000 gross tonnage is required to obtain the Bunker Convention Certificate from FMA. The FMA will issue the Bunker convention certificate upon presenting a valid blue card issued by a member of the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs (IG).
The implications for vessels entered with P&I insurers outside of the IG will be considerable, and ship owners and their insurers should be mindful of the new implemented Circular.
Fortunately, the FMA declared that the certificates issued for UAE flag ships before 23rd June 2021 by other Flag Administrations will remain valid until their expiration date. We are aware that negotiations between some of vessel owners, their insurers and the FMA, are ongoing to obtain exemption from the said requirement.